Friday, November 3rd 2006
Lost ‘Soles’

have you ever been driving down the street and seen a random shoe lying in the road? i see that a LOT. why? why are there a relatively large number of lost shoes in the streets? isn’t that weird? usually it’s a kid’s shoe or a man’s shoe, rarely a woman’s. ahem, I’ll just leave that statement on its own. And if I’m on Shoe Lookout, i can sometimes see 5 in a week. If anyone understands this phenomenon, please enlighten me. 


13 Comments on “Lost ‘Soles’”

Grafted Branch
November 3rd, 2006
11:53 pm

Me first?! Whoopie!

Yes, shoes on the freeway. However did that happen? Did someone not notice the big leather appliance falling off their limb? And then I think, “Their foot wasn’t in it too I hope!”

November 4th, 2006
6:35 am

I can’t explain it. I wish I could. Around here we see a lot of pairs of shoes hanging over telephone wires. That’s probably kids playing mean pranks, but the random shoe in the road, I’ve never been able to figure that one out either.

November 4th, 2006
7:58 am

Reia is always asking why people throw their shoes over the electical wires on a major street around us. (About five pair hang there.) I have no idea and they look relatively new. If I were their mom, I would kill them for doing that!

November 4th, 2006
8:48 am

Let’s see…They get hit by a car and lose a shoe in the process. The police don’t bother picking it up so the pair are together at the morgue.

Teens riding in the backs of pick-up trucks grab a shoe off their buddies and threaten to toss ‘em out the back if the owner doesn’t share his Skittles. The shoe-stealer is jostled during the ensuing tussle and the shoe is dropped.

The Beverly Hillbilles are moving through your area on their way to California. One of the boxes opens and, one by one, shoes are lifted by the wind and tossed onto the road like Hansel and Gretel’s bread crumbs, marking their route so their Hillbilly neighbors can follow from Tenessee and mooch of them in their new Beverly Hills mansion.

Speculating makes me hungry. Filet of sole, anyone?

November 4th, 2006
1:13 pm

Can’t say I understand it either, though Carol has some good theories!

Personally, I’ve seen more discarded clothing items in San Francisco than anywhere else. On a one-day tour of the city, I could have completed an outfit with a couple of extra socks to spare.

I can see accidentally losing your shoe, but your pants? Your socks? These things don’t come off accidentally on their own.

Shannon @ Rocks in my Dryer
November 4th, 2006
4:44 pm

Around here we see them hanging from telephone wires. Teenagers, I guess.

November 4th, 2006
5:15 pm

It’s just an object lesson for us about all the LOST SOLES in the world…..;-)
But there must be a lot of barefoot people, too!

November 4th, 2006
5:16 pm

OK, duh, I just read your title…..and I really wasn’t trying to copy you….I guess we just think alike!!

November 4th, 2006
7:04 pm

You know what? Last week we passed a shoe, and then another one not 10 feet away and they were TWO DIFFERENT SHOES!!!

November 4th, 2006
10:34 pm

A month or so ago, my daughter’s tennis shoe fell out of the van while the kids were getting out. No, it wasn’t on her foot, it was an extra shoe because she was wearing flip-flops & I was trying to be prepared for whatever might come up. I got the shoe but wondered if that might be where the stray shoes on the road come from. Are other people’s vans as messy as mine? But what overly prepared mom is stopping on the side of the highway so an extra shoe could fall out? I don’t know…still a mystery.

Gooby Baby
November 5th, 2006
10:12 am

Hmmmmm……….now that you mentioned it, it is perplexing. Perhaps its one of those phenomenon we will never find out, like UFOs….or maybe not

November 6th, 2006
12:08 pm

When I was living down in the west texas town of el paso, I was told that the shoes hanging over the electric lines was a sign of someone being killed from/by a gang….Hmmmm!

Rebecca Mielke
November 8th, 2006
11:01 am

Actually, sadly, I cannot see the ones laying on the side of the road without thinking that Carol is right.

Many years ago, when my son was skipping 7th grade, he phoned me to tell me that his friend had been hit by a school bus. Friend did fly out of his shoes, which were there later to be seen by all. Lots of broken bones, but Friend did recover, and now in his early 20s probably enjoys telling the story.

This does not explain the ones on the power lines, which I prefer to think are there because someone’s mom went shopping without them and bought them less-than-cool shoes.

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